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Train Service to University City Station will be halted July 20 - Aug. 4

SEPTA will enter the next phase of a multi-staged infrastructure reconstruction project for a two-week period this summer.  There will be NO TRAIN SERVICE to/from University City Station from Saturday, July 20 – Sunday, August 4 (includes weekdays). During this time, patrons using the Airport, Media-Elwyn, and Wilmington-Newark rail lines can expect service substitutions or adjustments while this project work is conducted. SEPTA passengers are advised to allow extra time getting to and from their destinations or consider alternative transportation options. Visit www.septa.org for the latest schedule information. Additional project updates are available at www.septa.org/southwestconnection.

During this period, commuters who drive and park in the area can expect additional traffic congestion in University City. The Division of Public Safety offers periodic traffic advisories and commuters can sign up for these alerts by clicking here.

You are strongly encouraged to monitor SEPTA communications for detailed information as this project progresses.


New Penn Bus East Route Effective August 5

PennDOT has notified the University of Pennsylvania that the Chestnut Street Bridge will close for renovations on Monday, August 5.  The bridge will be closed to all traffic, including pedestrians, bicycles, and cars for approximately one year.


Beginning Monday, August 5, Penn Bus East will begin a modified route due to traffic pattern changes and will not travel along Chestnut and Market Streets.  The route will start at Franklin’s Table, travel along Walnut Street, turning at 40th Street and again at Spruce Street to South Street, then turning left along 20th Street, looping back along Walnut Street.  Along this route, Penn Bus East will continue to stop at these designated transit stops: Franklin’s Table, Penn Bookstore, Pottruck Center, Schattner Center, Rosenthal Building, the Quad, and Gates Pavilion.  Hours of operations remain the same; Monday – Friday 5 p.m. – 12 a.m.   You can monitor buses operating along the Penn Bus East route in real-time by downloading the PennRides on Request mobile app and clicking on the en Route tab found at the bottom-right corner of the landing page.

Click here to learn more about the Chestnut Street Bridge Closure Project.